This week, our Sparkling Spotlight series has paid tribute to royal women born in March. Today, we’re looking at a tiara appearance from the current head of the former Romanian royal family, Crown Princess Margareta.
In October 2012, Crown Princess Margareta and Prince Radu of Romania arrived in Luxembourg for a pre-wedding gala ahead of the royal wedding of Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy. Margareta is a cousin of the Luxembourgish royals. Her mother, Princess Anne of Bourbon-Parma, was a niece of Grand Duchess Charlotte and Prince Felix of Luxembourg. (Prince Felix and Anne’s father, Prince René, were brothers.)
For the pre-wedding dinner, Margareta chose a gorgeous ’40s-inspired evening gown in a deep shade of burgundy, paired with diamond and pearl jewels. While Margareta did not wear any orders or decorations for the dinner, her husband, Prince Radu, wore the insignia of the Order of Carol I.
Margareta’s jewelry demonstrated her deep royal roots. Her tiara, a diamond kokoshnik with a Greek key pattern, originally belonged to Grand Duchess Victoria Feodorovna of Russia, who was born Princess Victoria Melita of Edinburgh. She wore the tiara affixed to a fabric kokoshnik. But when revolution toppled the Romanovs from their throne, the tiara was acquired by Victoria’s sister, Queen Marie of Romania.
Queen Marie gave the tiara to her new daughter-in-law, Princess Helen, who wore it for her wedding in 1921. Helen’s daughter-in-law, Princess Anne of Bourbon-Parma, also wore it for her wedding in 1948. Today, Anne’s daughter, Margareta, is the primary wearer of the tiara. On this occasion, she paired it with modern diamond and pearl drop earrings.
She also wore a piece of jewelry that paid tribute to the Bourbon-Parma heritage that she shares with Luxembourg’s grand ducal family. Her diamond brooch, made in a fleur-de-lis design, reflects one of the most important historical symbols of the House of Bourbon.